Addictions treated: Alcohol, drugs, prescription drugs, gambling, shopping, sex and love, gaming and computer, co-dependency, food and eating disorders, dual diagnosis.
Accommodation: 43 individual en-suite bedrooms with TV and telephone. Communal areas are designed for comfort and relaxation and decorated to a high standard. Local activities are encouraged and include a swimming pool and gym.
Ethos: To help clients face the reality of their addiction and promote the restoration of physical and mental well-being.
Treatment: The programme is based on the 12 step abstinence model and also incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy, individual and group counselling and therapy, educational workshops and family support programmes. Holistic therapies include yoga, meditation and stress management.
Staff: The addiction programme is led by a consultant psychiatrist, nursing staff, therapists and counsellors.
Location and Profile
This clinic is located in Chelmsford, Essex. This facility is one of seventeen clinics that make up the large group that runs them. The first of these hospitals was set up back in 1872 so they have a long history of helping people deal with addiction and other problems. The clinic is able to offer treatment to adults as well as adolescents. The facilities offered by this unit are of a high level with an emphasis put on the comfort levels of clients. The centre has a good reputation for helping people to overcome addiction choices, and this is why they continue to be a popular choice among those who can afford to go private.
- Shopping addiction
- Gambling addiction
- Sex addiction
- Relationship addictions
- Dual diagnosis
The staff members at the clinic see themselves as functioning to help empower the individual. The goal is to get the client ready for sober living in the fastest possible time – this is vital because if the individual is not ready they will easily relapse back to their old maladaptive behaviours. This means that during their stay in the centre the resident will have a limited amount of time to gain the skills they need.
The groups emphasises the importance of proving a high standard of accommodation to their residents. This can be viewed as almost as important as the rest of the treatment program because if the individual is not comfortable, they will not be able to get the most out of the experience. There are 42 private bedrooms at this particular centre, and each of these has an en suite bathroom. The fixtures and decor inside the room are luxurious, and the same came be said about all the other rooms in the clinic. There are a number of shared rooms, including a dining room, where clients spend a good deal of their time. There are also well maintained garden areas. Like all the other facilities run by the group the one at this location is a grade 2 building. To ensure that the quality of this program is maintained it is regulated by the Care Quality Commission.
The Treatment Team
The treatment team at this clinic is multidisciplinary in nature, and it consists of:
- A consultant psychiatrist who acts as the team leader.
- Nursing staff
- The Treatment Program
The treatment program at the centre includes a number of different modalities. The aim is to provide the individual with what they need to begin rebuilding their life. It is now understand that there is no one size fits all approach to addiction recovery, but the centre aims to provide the best of what is currently available. To this end their program includes elements of the 12 Steps, holistic therapies, and cognitive behavioural therapies – to name but a few.
Best Suited For
The clinic is best suited for adults and adolescents who want to commit to complete abstinence from alcohol and drugs. This facility will also be able to help those individuals who are dealing with other conditions such as food addictions or mental health problems.
The clinic offers limited disabled access. They do have a disabled toilet and disabled parking.